Archive for the ‘media’ Category

Here’s some out-of-the-box thinking that helps keep our industry fresh and inspired. Lionsgate films recently ran a promotion for its new thriller “The Last Exorcist,” using the popular website, Chatroullete.com. Online users cruise the website to videochat with random people, mainly men hoping to find a girl who will show them some skin and other men who do all the showing themselves. Capitalizing on their knowledge of Chatroulette.com’s users, Lionsgate entices them with an image of a woman who seems to be about to bare her chest. Just as she is about to show them what they want to see, the woman puts her head down. When she resurfaces the woman’s face is distorted, as if possessed by a demon, then she lunges at the screen. After the scary clip, the website for the film is displayed onscreen to the shocked Chatrouletters. This is a great example of a marketer getting creative about how to reach its target audience, although we suspect that the movie is getting more buzz from people talking about the frightening promotion, than the promotion itself.
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We’ve all heard about the cutting-edge developments in the world of Augmented Reality (AR). But, now that this trend is starting to surface more as part of mainstream we wanted to showcase how major brands are incorporating AR in order to engage consumers.

For those of you living underneath a rock for the past couple of years AR is simply a live direct (or indirect) view of the physical world, whose elements are altered using computer-generated virtual imagery. This technology was originally confined to the military realm of display systems. And, it was later adopted by TV broadcasting stations in the form of displaying the yellow line that marks the first down in sporting events such as football. Now, we are starting to see innovation coming from big brands who don’t necessarily have a background in technology.

Take the iPhone app – Scoops of Happiness – by Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream. This app comes with a feature called “Moo Vision,” where consumers can point their iPhone camera at selected ice cream containers, and see a 3D image in their camera display. And they aren’t the only ones serving up these exciting treats. Doritos recently shot an AR stunt (see video above) where the brand reveals a dancing mascot on roof top in Brazil. Even General Motors is currently working on an AR program that will help drivers in bad weather.

As AR uses advance, something tells us that we should keep our eyes open and smart phone cameras ready…chance are, we haven’t seen anything yet.


The global food and beverage corporation Kraft has cooked up Big Fork Little Fork, a new iPad application.

This marks a new trend that has major companies rushing to embrace a new gadget, in this case Apple’s iPad, in order to create a new application for a specific consumer.

With help from Meredith Integrated Marketing who assisted in building of this app, we want to compliment and highlight Kraft’s innovation. The brand sought to uncover a way to educate young parents about healthy eating in a way that was fun and interactive way.

Kraft expects that Big Fork Little Fork will help to fill a void where young parents, mostly in their 20s and 30s have when it comes to finding information about nutritional eating for their children. The Kraft app comes on the heels of a proprietary study Kraft conducted via Google that found 37 million web searches were recently conducted on topics such as family and kids food.

So that begs the following questions: How many consumers will this cool app actually reach given that only a small segment own iPads? Will Big Fork Little Fork leave consumers stuck at a proverbial “fork” in the road?

@earlybird catches the worm

Twitter has announced the introduction of a social-shopping function to its already semi-convoluted business plan. After rolling out its “Promoted Trends,” and “Promoted Tweets” advertising platforms, the micro-blogging platform will begin tweeting daily deals through a new account aptly named @earlybird.

Similar to popular sites such as Groupon.com and LivingSocial, which recently raised $173 million and $50 million, respectively, Twitter will allow users to opt in to receive daily discounts.

Twitter is hoping that since users are the ones make the choice to follow, these ads might be more receptive. Of course, Twitter and its partners are banking on the viral nature of the platform, whereby people will retweet ads that they deem interesting, to their legions of followers.

If you ask us it sounds like a win-win situation for both Twitter and sponsors. The investment is minimal and the rewards are potentially massive. We’ve already started following @earlybird, and think you should too.

Pepto Bismol wants you to stuff your face

July 4th is synonymous with American independence, fireworks, flags, family time and plenty of barbecues. Our love for over-indulging in food is extremely high. We all have a tough time resisting that delicious extra burger or hot-dog.

Well guess what? This festive weekend…don’t stop, eat all you want because Pepto Bismol has got your back!

The brand, which recently launched its Facebook page, is sponsoring a litany of gluttony-themed events around the nation in hopes of extending its brand presence. And, what better way to do this than by hosting events with tons of food. Check this out; Ice cream event in Austin, buffalo wing festival in Buffalo, and a hot-dog eating contest with whom they partnered with Nathan’s.

Facebook fans can enter a contest to guess how many hot dogs the winner will eat. If you guess right, you can win a Pepto Bismol T-shirt. Wohoo!! (somone will be very happy to win this.)

So this 4th of July, stuff yourself all you want. Pepto Bismol has got you covered.

Note: Being a fan on Facebook’s Pepto page alone will not stop the riot and discomfort in your stomach.

Nike’s “Write the Future” ad, created for the world cup, has by all standards become a global phenomenal success. In a move to further capitalize on its success, Wieden + Kennedy, the agency responsible for the campaign, has launched an interactive component via Facebook, and Twitter (#NikeFuture).

Through these social mediums fans are encouraged to “write the future,” of their favorite players. The best headlines are selected daily and are displayed in electric lighting on the facade of the Life Centre building in Johannesburg.

Another great example of a brand adapting its role and acting as a facilitator between the emotions and conversations taking place between people and their passion for the World Cup. It’s not just about engaging the audience in real-time rather in this case its almost the sense of empowering people to embrace and take control of their lives by writing their version of what the future holds.

Who knows what the real outcome will be but one this is for sure…this initiative is definitely helping Nike’s to write its own future.

We’re already seeing brands incorporating barcodes into promotion offerings in order to drive traffic to a specific site, but is there more that can be done with these universal product codes (UPC)?

What some might just see as a design of lines intended to provide a price, there’s more than meet the eyes to these UPC’s.

Sticktybits – a barcode reading application for iPhones and Android platforms smart phones – turns barcodes into threaded conversations around objects. Any one can scan a barcode using their camera phone and using the Stickbits app. Then they are able to either comment, post a photo, or video. The next person who scans that barcode can see your message and can leave their own. In this way physical objects become digital social media platforms, something very sci-fi. It’s like Foursquare for objects/products instead of locations.

But, how brands make money off this simple technology?

Well, PepsiCo is answering that question by becoming the first brand to post “official” stickybits content to its barcodes. Consumers can scan PepsiCo products with their smart phones and unlock specific content for each brand,. It doesn’t stop there as people as have the ability to engage as they offer their opinions and contribute to the discussion.

Talk about revolutionizing content creation. Let’s see how this plays out with other brands truly embracing their consumers.